Practical power cycles

Most real power cycles consist of a working fluid that flows through various devices that change the state of the fluid in a manner than mimics the Carnot cycle. Few power-producing systems are of the single-device type, such as the piston/cylinder used to demonstrate the Carnot cycle in Sect. 4.3. All practical power cycles contain four distinct steps, or rather two pairs of steps. Each pair of steps is conducted as an iso process. The cycles differ in the thermodynamic properties that are held constant in the pairs of steps. Table 4.1 lists the principle power cycles of practical significance, along with the Carnot cycle for comparison.

Table 4.1 Power Cycles


Component Steps




2 isentropic; 2 isothermal

1 - Tl/Th

#2, p. 101; #3, p. 37


2 isentropic; 2 isobaric

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